Kiwi trap shooter Natalie Rooney off pace in qualifying at shotgun world champs

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Kiwi trap shooter Natalie Rooney has work ahead of her to reach the final at the shotgun world championships in Moscow after a patchy first day.

New Zealand's Natalie Rooney on her way to winning silver in the womens trap shooting, OSC, Rio Olympics Games 2016, Rio de Janeiro. Sunday 07 August, 2016. Copyright photo: John Cowpland / www.photosport.nz

New Zealand's Natalie Rooney on her way to winning silver in the women's trap shooting at the 2016 Olympics Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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Rooney shares 25th place in the field of 67 after two qualifying rounds.

Only the top six will contest a final which is determined after the third and final qualifying round on Sunday morning (NZT).

Rio Olympic silver medallist Rooney hit 22 of 25 targets in each of her two rounds, leaving her on 44 points, alongside nine others at the Foxlodge Shooting Range.

Leading the way on 48 out of a possible 50 are London Olympic champion Jessica Rossi, compatriot Silvana Stanco and San Marino's Arianna Perilli.

Rooney has risen to the world No.1 ranking since her historic Olympic performance, boosted by victory at the final of the World Cup series in Rome late last year.

The 29-year-old is seeking to become the first Kiwi to win a world championships shooting medal.

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